1970 C10: Door Repair

c10 Door Frame

The repair sections for the cab did arrive last Friday, but I haven’t started fitting anything yet. While I was waiting I got antsy and started working on the doors. I figured the doors needed to be closer to finished anyway before I fit the rockers. I had previously worked on the drivers side door, but ended up removing the skins from both doors.
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As you can see, the passengers door is pretty rough. I wouldn’t say that’s unusual for one of these old C10’s, but something that needs to be repaired nonetheless. Not only has there been a hole cut into it for a 6.5″ speaker, the lower portion is completely rusted out. I’d hoped to find a better passengers door to start with, but I didn’t have the same luck that I did with the dash. Luckily the drivers door is in much better shape, and will only require minor work to get back to right.

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Usually when people remove door skins they grind the edges off but I didn’t want to do this since it ruins the skin. The drivers door in particular is in great shape, so my dad modified this set of pliers so that I could remove the skin and retain the lip for re-installation.

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They worked like a charm, leaving an edge that can easily be folded back when I re-skin the doors.

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I went ahead and media blasted the passengers side door so that I could reveal just how much rust was actually there. Turns out it’s a lot.

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Unfortunately the sun was setting before I had the chance to clean the drivers door, so I went ahead and started cutting into the passengers side before calling it a night.

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I started to pre-fit the repair section for the lower door half and as you can see there is a good bit of work to be done. Nothing lines up, which I guess I should have expected.

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This week I’m going to focus on finishing the door frames, since I’ve already cut one up and I need to have them finished before fitting the rockers. I also need to not have both the cab and doors chopped up.

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